Marian Spelman was born and grew up in Galway. She is originally from Oranmore and at 6yrs her family moved to Killeeneen in Clarinbridge.
She went to Killeeneen National School and from there to Schoil Mhuire Mhor in Athenry. After school Marian went to work as a care assistant in the Brothers Of Charity, Clarinbridge, where her love of the job lead her to take up Nursing and she went to work in Louth for 10 years where she trained as a Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disabilities.
Marian spent 2 years off work with a shattered disc through her job, but it led her to try many different types of work. After returning to work she decided to go to College to do a degree in Politics, Sociology and English, she even took a semester abroad in Holland. After her degree Marian went on to do a H-dip in Applied Communications which followed with a Masters in journalism.
While studying, she never forgot her nursing and worked as a relief nurse in Dublin at the weekends and on holiday time. After college Marian went to work in the Brothers Of Charity in Clare, she also got a job doing a late night show on Clare FM. She produced, edited and directed a series of documentaries for Clare FM which won awards and was nominated for a PPI award in 2002.
Marian is involved in the INMO union where she is the National Secretary for the RNID section and also the President of the Trades Council in Galway. She is a CNM1 and now runs a Day Service for people with intellectual disabilities and Autism with the Brothers Of Charity in Clarinbridge and is involved in advocacy and empowerment for the people she supports!